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Extreme Out-of-Bounds Moon Alert and Mars Conjunct Chiron

By Daniel Giamario


Following up on the powerful Super Perigee Full Moon yesterday, at 23Sagittarius25, the second closest Full Moon of the year, let’s tune in again to the Out-Of Bounds (OOB) Moon.  The Full Moon being near the December Solstice degree (and Galactic Center) was more than 2 and a half degrees south of the Ecliptic (-25S58).

All through 2022, ever increasing each month, and leading up to 2024, the Moon is becoming increasingly out-of-bounds (OOB) every time the Moon is near the Solstice degrees: Gemini/Cancer and Sagittarius/Capricorn.  These situations happen twice every lunation.  Great examples of this happen this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with the Moon in late Sagittarius and Capricorn.

Tuesday: Full Moon in Sagittarius     -25S58    South declination      Sun +23N28 North declination

Wednesday: Moon in Capricorn       -26S55    South declination      Sun +23N19 North declination

Thursday: Moon in Capricorn            -25nS49   South declination     Sun +23N21 North declination

The ecliptic has a maximum declination of 23.26degrees at this present time.  I consider that anytime the OOB Moon is more than two degrees beyond 23.26, we can become aware of the OOB Moon phenomena.  When 3 degrees beyond or more, taking notice is essential.  This is true on this Wednesday.  The next extreme OOB Moon, which will be near the Cancer Solstice zone, will be June 27-29.

An interesting side note for these three days, beyond the OOB phenomena, is that there is a nearly 50 degree difference between Moon and Sun at sunrise and sunset, from an observational perspective.  This is indeed an unusual situation.  For example, the Sun will rise more than 23 degrees north of due east, and the Moon will rise almost 27 degrees south of due east.

What meaning can be proposed?  Think of Mercury retrograde on steroids for 2-3 days.  Relative to the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn, be prepared for totally beyond the bounds of normalcy circumstances.  Expect unexpected, and even un-thought of possibilities.  Maverick and even bizarre events can be expected.  It’s best to be at the front of the wave, not at the effect.  Those with prominent planetary placements in Sagittarius and Capricorn are on the front lines now.  Be one who either anticipates, or even creates out of the box experiences.  This situation is even more powerful, if you have the Moon in these signs.  Most profound of all would be for those of you with these Moon positions born near the years of 1931, 1950, 1969, 1987 and 2006.  This includes those with Moons in Gemini or Cancer (the other Solstice).  You will have been born with an extreme OOB Moon.  Your basic nature usually implies a character that is unique and not capable of being assimilated into the mainstream of consensus reality.

There is another factor to be aware of in these coming days:  Mars conjuncts Chiron at 7:17AM PDT on Wednesday, at 15Aries56.  Let’s intend that these OOB Moons aid Chiron for the necessary healing of patriarchal Aries, so that an elder wisdom can be discovered.

A Rare Morning Sky and Heliocentric Neptune

By Daniel Giamario


Today’s beautiful morning sky alignment,  containing all five visible planets, has something unusual and extraordinary about it.  Namely, all five planets are in their natural order: Mercury—Venus—Mars—Jupiter—Saturn.  The last time this alignment happened was in December 2004; now, nearly 20 years later, the gap is visibly smaller between Mercury and Saturn.  We will have to wait until 2040 to see this ordered arrangement once more in the morning sky.

The entire lineup is separated by only 91degrees.  This is now their tightest grouping, visible in just over a quarter of the sky.

Saturn     25Aquarius15     magnitude +0.8   near the tail of the Goatfish

Jupiter     04Aries34           magnitude -2.3     under Pegasus and above Cetus

Mars         09Aries07          magnitude +0.7     under Pegasus and above Cetus

Venus       10Taurus26        magnitude -3.9     near Hamal in the Ram

Mercury   26Taurus27        magnitude +1.0    conjunct Algol and approaching the Pleiades

You will have a chance to witness this all of June, with the waning crescent Moon joining them, beginning with Saturn on June 18th, and ending with Mercury on June 27th.  By then, the grouping will stretch out to cover over 130 degrees.  These days early this week are the closest grouping, just over a quarter of the sky.  Take advantage, if you can, this week to view this spectacle in the sky.

Jupiter’s heliocentric conjunction with Neptune

I have recently speculated that the April 12th Jupiter/Neptune conjunction at 23Pisces58 was the “seed point” for the next 166 years, relative to the expansion of Neptune in its home sign: CLICK HERE Over the course of my 52 years of astrological practice I have seldom been much interested in heliocentric charts (a chart with the Sun at the center).  However, the heliocentric chart of the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction has rekindled an interest, since it turns out that Monday June 6th is the exact conjunction at 23Pisces24.  I am sensing that global outer planet configurations are worthy of a heliocentric inquiry, encompassing the entire solar system.  Therefore, even though Jupiter is now well beyond its conjunction with Neptune that took place back on April 12th, and will not return to 23Pisces for another 12 years, this heliocentric conjunction, at the same 23rd degree, indicates that most everything else in 2022 is held in the larger context of this greatly expanded Neptune in Pisces time-frame.

This is good news, considering all the really intense middle world and underworld activations that are currently taking place.  I believe this provides an easier access to the celestial transmissions from the spiritual realms that are now available to those who open to them.  For myself, I invite the guidance and support of the Guardian Host of the Emerald Order that upholds and aligns with the Law of One.


Mars and Jupiter in Aries Have Arrived

By Daniel Giamario


The upcoming alignment of Mars with Jupiter on May 29th at 3Aries19 is quite possibly of equal significance to the recent alignment of Venus with Jupiter at 27Pisces57.  There are, however, several really important presaging events over these next few days.

On Tuesday May 24th at 2:33PM PDT, the Moon conjuncts Mars.  The conjunction is at 29Pisces56.  Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Americas will find a waning crescent Moon close to Mars.  In my view, this initiates an entire lunation amplifying the journey of Mars, which, except for less than two hours, takes place entirely in Aries.  The morning sky remains an amazing spectacle, as first Saturn, then Jupiter and Venus are also having the Moon’s waning crescent pay a visit.  Do notice how closely Mars has drawn to Jupiter.

Shortly after, on Tuesday, at 4:17PM PDT, Mars will enter Aries.  Mars last entered Aries back on June 27, 2020 as Phase Zero of our current Mars in Aries over-story.  When Mars reached opposition to the Sun on Oct.13, 2020, the Phase One birth/emergence journey of Mars commenced.  Now, about 20 months later, Mars is back in Aries once again.  This is a major transition into the final phase of this Aries over-story, known as “maturity and elder knowledge”.  This phase extends to Aug.22, 2022 when Mars enters Gemini, which will be the sign of the next Mars synodic over-story, commencing December 7, 2022.  You can learn more about this cycle here:

Jupiter entered Aries on May 10th.  Known as the “year star”, this passage through Aries occurs every twelve years.  Whatever Jupiter aligns with is expanded and amplified.  Chiron and Venus are also currently in Aries.  You can see why I am pointing out the Aries emphasis.

The Mars synodic over-story is rather rare; previous ones were 1988 and 1941.  Mars, itself, is in Aries about every two years.  Venus is in Aries every year; Jupiter is in Aries every twelve years; and Chiron in Aries is in a fifty year cycle.  Mars joins Jupiter every 11-15 months.  All are converging in Aries, with the Mars conjunction with Jupiter as the great amplifier.

The suggested meaning involves a deep inquiry into Mars and Aries, and what they have symbolized historically and traditionally.  What would Mars in Aries be if not seen through a patriarchal lens?  Can it represent something other than war and aggression?  What would elder knowledge and wisdom be for Mars in Aries?  There is no doubt that the current global situation is fraught with danger, with all things Mars and Aries heating up.  As Shamanic Astrologers I suggest we envision a post patriarchal view in these times.  For both men and women, let’s imagine a new version of warrior, a warrior for peace, who holds a strong commitment to protect the Earth, and all life; to be a protector of global humanity, its families, the children, and the diversity of culture, and even as defender of the cosmic order and the Law of One.  We offer a prayer that the elder wisdom and maturity phase for Mars can see beyond war and domination, and beyond a world of dualistic black/white and good guys and bad guys.  Much is at stake at this time of the Great Turning.


Out of Bounds Moons and Some Sad News

FACEBOOK   MAY 17, 2022

By Daniel Giamario

The recent passing of Callanish and Lunar Standstill maven, Margaret Curtis, one of my most important teachers, has inspired me to write this post.  I will write more about her, in memoriam, over the next days.

As the Lunar Standstill season approaches, it’s a good time to be alert to the phenomena of extreme out-of-bounds moons (OOB), as they go hand in hand with Lunar Standstills.  The Major Lunar Standstill (which our school calls the more evocative “Outer Standstill”) occurs approximately every 19 years.  The North Node reaching 0Aries sets the midpoint of an Outer Standstill season.  This will next occur on Jan.11, 2025.  At that time the Moon, when found near the Solstice degrees, can reach as far as 28degrees distance from the celestial equator.  Whenever the declination of the Moon is more than the obliquity of the ecliptic of 23degrees26, North or South, it has been recognized by astrologers as an OOB Moon.  As the Outer Standstill season approaches each 19 years, the distance from the ecliptic keeps increasing.  This phenomenon has become quite noticeable this year.  This week, with the Moon in late Sagittarius and mid Capricorn, the declination of the moon reaches nearly 27 degrees South Latitude.  These are extreme OOB moons.  To illustrate:

Tuesday May 17         8:00PM PDT    Moon is 24Sagittarius22   Declination is 26South06

Wednesday May 18   8:00PM PDT    Moon is 9Capricorn17       Declination is 26South57

Thursday May 19        8:00PM PDT    Moon is 24Capricorn00     Declination is 25South52

These are very OOB!  But what does it mean?  To get a sense of the full ramifications of the OOB Moon, it requires some understanding of the Standstill phenomena as it relates to the experience of land and sky at ceremonial sites as has been recognized for as long as 50,000 years.  That requires a further elaboration beyond the scope of a FaceBook post.  I will be having video blogs and seminars on this important topic in the months leading up to 2024-2025.

My sense is that having an OOB Moon two and a half degrees beyond the ecliptic, which can only happen with the Moon near the Solstices, namely late Sagittarius/Capricorn and Gemini/Cancer, is definitely an OOB signature to be reckoned with.  Also keep in mind that this can only happen near the Standstill seasons, in the few years surrounding the Lunar Node at 0Aries; most recently: June 2006, December 1987, February 1969, July 1950, December 1931 etc.  In short the signature is one of eccentricity and deviation from the norm.  It often includes a strong aversion to conformity and a refusal to be easily assimilated.  Maverick and strong individuality are strong features.  There will not be too many people with this OOB Moon signature.  Think also of having Mercury retrograde, and adding other things, like also having RH- blood and being left-handed!

On a collective level, I consider the awareness of these extreme OOB Moon dates (two time periods each month) to be even more important than planetary retrogrades or void-of-course time-frames.  Use the suggested interpretations for individuals with the signature, and apply it to world events.  Take notice.

Latest Book Recommendation: The Dawn of Everything


MAY FULL MOON 2022 with Daniel Giamario

I recently have had the opportunity to read the book: “The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity” by David Graeber and David Wengrow.  I have been waiting for a book like this for quite a long time.  Not only does it corroborate and expand my world view of humanity’s actual history, but has seeded a brand new application that uses the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™.  For many years I have researched the convergence of many time-lines and cosmic cycles at this time of the Turning of the Ages.  In addition, I have delved into alternative interpretations of history that differ from those presented by mainstream academicians and supporters of the peer-reviewed and tenured consensus.  My research, including journeys to many sacred sites around the world, has provided much opportunity to expand my curiosity and understanding.  This area of interest falls under one of my essential life inquiries, namely: “Who are We?  And What the Hell Happened?”

Before delving into the radical and incredibly stimulating views of this book, I will summarize here my critique of the current situation and predicament of global humanity at the end of Kali Yuga(Note Two) and the end and beginning of an entire precessional cycle.  These are the signs and symptoms of what is assumed to be “progress”.

  • Hierarchical Patriarchy, and an inevitable class structure.
  • Patrilineal Family Structure
  • Fundamentalist Monotheism
  • Dominion over Nature
  • Materialism and Scientism, and the belief in linear “progress”
  • Abstract and written language, recorded history, and loss of oral history
  • The inevitable rise of the State

Each of these points could be elaborated on in depth, many of which I have done in previous articles and seminars.  “The Dawn of Everything” explores why and how we got here, and whether, indeed, it was inevitable.  The authors think not.  I will attempt here to summarize their main points.  It could be said that their main theme is asking “What is Freedom?”  Deeply woven throughout the book is also the question: “What is Civilization?”  The authors use anthropology and archeology to explore these questions.  In this book they demolish the mainstream consensus, and present evidence very much in harmony with the research and understanding that I have developed over the years.

The authors, from their global and cross-cultural research, explore the concepts of freedom and social liberty.  They explore the great explosion of research and discoveries just in the last thirty years that are contrary to the established consensus that is still taught in schools, and promoted by best-selling authors, like Diamond and Harari.  Graeber and Wengrow look objectively at the last 30,000 years and see quite a different story.  They locate the three most often seen ingredients found in society and culture prior to “Western” civilization.

  • The Freedom to move away or re-locate from one’s surroundings.
  • The Freedom to ignore or disobey commands issued by others.
  • The Freedom to shape entirely new social realities, or shift back and forth between different ones.

They then explore extensively the rise of the state and of hierarchy, and question if it’s inevitable as part of a necessary evolution.  They noticed that the creation of the state and empire, and its hierarchies as happening due to three main ingredients:

  • Sovereignty and the means to enforce it manifesting as types of domination grounded variously on the use of violence and secret or higher knowledge.
  • Bureaucracy for its implementation.
  • A Competitive political field, based on charisma, competition and violence.

A state can arise with only one of these present, termed a “First-Order State”, but “Second” or “Third Order States” arise with two or three of these ingredients present.  The authors give many examples throughout the past of all three.  It sure seems to me that the push for a technocratic global super-state ruled by corporate, scientific and military elites is a Third-Order State.

A great portion of the book details the many examples throughout history of cultures and societies that chose to NOT have any of the above features.  And more often than not they emphasized the three different ingredients of social liberty.  Often it looked like conscious choices were made to NOT go in any of those versions of the state.  Surely geography and climate entered into the decision making processes, but even more so were the conscious decisions to choose the way of life that they desired.  Not only were the rise of states and hierarchy not evolutionary or inevitable, but neither was the inevitability of warfare and violence.  Graeber and Wengro also are sympathetic to the research and theories of Marja Gimbutas, defending her against the scorn leveled at her by the mainstream consensus.  The actual cross-cultural research favors her views on matrist and matrilineal cultures.  The authors often demonstrate that the state, hierarchy, and warfare follow on the heels of patriarchy.  Many examples are given.

What I have termed the mainstream consensus includes an allegiance to: 1) Humans have always been competitive and violent 2) Ancient humanity was primitive in a derogatory sense 3) increased population must result in hierarchy 4) the state is evolutionary in an inevitable and progressive sense 5) Patriarchy is inevitable and evolutionary 6) progress is linear rather than cyclical.  More could be added here, of course.  These are all things I have argued against, and I could not be more pleased with this book!  All 669 pages!  My views are always evolving as new research is uncovered and more voices can be raided against the consensus.  But I remain convinced that global humanity in its 300,000 years of history has considerably more often been a collaborative and cooperative species, with limited warfare, and great equality between men and women, known as gylany.  The great contribution of this book is to show that global humanity’s current situation is NOT inevitable or evolutionary.  I have made the case that it’s more of a cyclical devolution, and as Robert Lawlor argues, that patriarchy, materialism and warfare can only become dominant in a devolution time.  Instead, global humanity has often consciously and intelligently made choices that greatly differ from the Third-Order “civilization” that we find ourselves in.  I hope we can wake up to see that we can choose differently and create a world of freedom, with multiple choices of how we can create our societies.

Whilst there is no astrology in this book, it greatly activated my imagination in perceiving a new application for our astrological paradigm.  A foundational element holds that not all people are the same.  All men are not the same.  All women are not the same.  Not everyone should be Vegan.  Not everyone should eat meat.  Not everyone should be monogamous or married.  Not all women should have kids.  Not everyone needs to be Christian.  Not everyone should be compelled to use the latest technology, etc.  Shamanic Astrology is archetype driven and we honor and support all places on the wheel of life.  Should not this also include having the freedom to live in a society in accordance with our archetypes, chosen in freedom?  Just as the ancient ones created a great diversity of cultural systems, shouldn’t we also have that intelligence and freedom to do the same?

I am envisioning as a creative process seeing how each of the twelve Mystery Schools of Life would envision how their society and civilization would look.  Let’s all create those visions together and help create a planet where all those places on the wheel have the freedom to be their chosen direction.  Stay tuned for more developments.

NOTE #1   David Graeber died just weeks after completing this book at the age of 59, near the end of 2020.  Graeber was a major player in the Occupy Wall Street movement and is said to have coined the phrase we are the 99%.  It is sad to not be able to see what his next creation would have been.

NOTE # 2   About the Kali Yuga, ending in 2025.

“The Vishnu Pranas, a mythological text of the Hindus, described it this way:

“Kali brought sin into the world.  In the Kali Age the proper order of human relations is reversed; social status depends upon the ownership of property; wealth has become the only source of virtue; passion and luxury are the sole bonds between spouses; falsity and lying are the conditions of success in life; sexuality is the sole source of human enjoyment; religion, a superficial and empty ritual, is confused with spirituality”

NOTE # 3

I also recommend the excellent books of Robert Lawlor, in particular: “Voices of the First Day” and “Earth God Ascending”.